Semiconductor Stock Gears Up for Earnings

The stock has had a disappointing start to the year so far

Deputy Editor
Feb 1, 2022 at 10:46 AM
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) is gearing up for its fourth-quarter report, due out after the close today, in which analysts expect the company to post profits of 76 cents per share. On the charts, AMD has been slipping since the start of the year, and is already down 19.5% year-to-date. However, the stock has just bounced off familiar support at the $100 level. Up 1.8% to trade at $116.30 at last glance, the equity is on track for its third-straight day of gains. 

Ahead of the event, the options pits are pricing in a post-earnings swing of 11.2%, which is much larger than the 5.2% post-earnings move the stock averaged over the past two years. AMD was only positive following two of these last eight sessions -- in July of 2020 and July of 2021. 

Plenty of options traders are betting on more upside for AMD after earnings. So far today, 94,000 calls have crossed the tape, in comparison to 25,000 puts, with volume running at a slightly quicker clip than the intraday average. The weekly 2/4 120-strike call is the most popular, with new positions being opened there. 

There is plenty of room for analysts to chime in in either direction following the report. Of the 23 analysts in coverage, 14 carry a "buy" or better rating, and nine a tepid "hold." It's also worth noting that the 63.84 million shares sold short account for 5.3% of the stock's available float. 


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